Thursday, October 4, 2012

Arriving on Blu-Ray and DVD Combo, October 9th -- Disney's The Great Mouse Detective (Review)

A Clever Little Hero, One Great Big Adventure

Mystery in the Mist Edition
The Sherlock Holmes of Mousedom Embarks on a Heroic Journey when 
“The Great Mouse Detective” Mystery in the Mist Edition
Arrives for the First Time on Blu-rayTM and HD Digital on October 9, 2012

Film Synopsis:

On October 9, 2012, fans can experience Disney’s greatest little mystery, in High Definition picture and sound, and go on a great big adventure as “The Great Mouse Detective” Mystery in the Mist Edition arrives on 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital. When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps London’s master toymaker, the brilliant Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson try to elude the ultimate trap and foil the perfect crime. This family classic on Disney Blu-ray proves big heroes come in small packages.

Basil of Baker Street is reluctant to help Dawson and Olivia, until he learns that the case involves his evil genius nemesis...


Vincent Price (“Edward Scissorhands”) as the voice of Professor Ratigan                                   Barrie Ingham (“The Triangle”) as the voice of Basil of Baker Street                                               Val Bettin (“Shrek”) as the voice of Dr. David O. Dawson                                                        Susanne Pollatschek as the voice of Olivia Flaversham                                                           Candy Candido (“Herbie Rides Again”) as the voice of Fidget                                                      Diana Chesney (“Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) as the voice of Mrs. Judson                                     Eve Brenner (TV’s “The Mentalist”) as the voice of The Mouse Queen                                            Alan Young (TV’s “Mickey Mouse Works”) as the voice of Flaversham
Directors: Ron Clements (“The Princess and the Frog”), Burny Mattinson (“Tarzan”), David Michener (“Oliver & Company”), John Musker (“The Princess and the Frog”)
Producer: Burny Mattinson (“Mickey’s Christmas Carol”)
Writers: Peter Young (“Oliver & Company”), Vance Gerry (“Hercules”), Steve Hulett (“Oliver & Company”), Bruce Morris (“Hercules”), Matthew O’Callaghan (“Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas”), Melvin Shaw (“The Lion King”), Ron Clements, John Musker, Burny Mattinson, David Michener
Release Date: October 9, 2012 

Suggested Retail Prices & Product Configurations: 

Mystery in the Mist Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray Disc +1 DVD) =$29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada
HD Digital = Consumer should check with their preferred digital retailer for pricing and additional information.
Rating: G in U.S. and Canada. Bonus material not rated. Approximately 74 minutes 

Bonus Features: 
“So You Think You Can Sleuth” – Viewers get an introduction to private investigating to kick off the “Great Mouse Detective” film.
“The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” Sing-A-Long Song – young fans can sing along with Vincent Price to the song’s villainous vocals.
“The Making of the Great Mouse Detective” – In this bonus feature, fans get a behind the scenes look at this classic film.
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: Widescreen 1.78:1
                     DVD: Widescreen 1.78:1 Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions
Audio: Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
 Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish 


My Thoughts:

I was so excited when I heard this Disney favorite was coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD combo, as my daughter has watched my VHS and DVD copies of it so many times that they now skip or don't work.

Peg-legged henchman Fidget the bat takes a moment to enjoy Olivia Flaversham's predicament being trapped inside bottle.

I remember seeing "The Great Mouse Detective" in theaters back in 1986, and then received a few VHS copies while I was child. Even though this film was not hyped up as much as other Disney classics, it really was one of my favorites.  As a child I didn't care much about animation, as long as the storyline was good.  But, as I got older I came to appreciate this Disney favorite more.  I especially loved the the mysterious feel of the turn of the century London, which this film was set in, along with how well the characters worked off of one another.  The score of this film is brilliant and will leave you humming the tunes long after you have watched them.  I find myself humming the catchy theme song when I am trying to put the girls to bed some nights, or while waiting in line at the market.

And, now that I have children of my own, I love being able to share this and other Disney classics with them.  Savannah loved Olivia and Basil of Baker Street (AKA The Great Mouse Detective).  If you haven't seen this film, I will not spoil the ending for you.  I'll just say that Olivia and the Great Mouse Detective, along with Dawson (an elderly mouse) team up to help uncover clues to help find Olivia's father, who was kidnapped right before her eyes.

This fast paced mystery adventure will have families entertained from start to finish.  You will find yourselves rooting Olivia and the Great Mouse Detective on, and hope that they find Olivia's father safe and sound.

So, mark your calendars and make sure you pick up The Great Mouse Detective on Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack, hitting store shelves on October 9th.  This would make a great addition to your Disney movie collection, and often one film overlooked by many.  But, when you do watch it, you will wonder why it took so long to watch, and want to watch again and again.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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